Hamilton’s Nesian Festival a time of cultural celebration and health awareness

Todays Nesian Festival in Hamilton will celebrate the best of Pacific culture and delicacies but will also provide the community with access to free Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccinations, cervical smear tests as well as a fire awareness demonstration from the local Fire Service. Organised by K’aute Pasifika, a Pasifika Futures partner and a… Read more »

Push for South Auckland to be a priority for Covid-19 vaccines

Pasifika Medical Association (PMA) CEO, Debbie Sorensen, appeared on Newshub national news last night to push for the South Auckland community to be next in line with vaccinations, once our border workers have had their shots. Mrs Sorensen’s comments come amid a current Covid-19 outbreak in Papatoetoe and its surrounding suburbs seven months after the… Read more »

COVID-19 vaccines – Keeping our families safe

As New Zealand prepares to roll out the first lot of Covid-19 vaccines tomorrow, Director General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield, says he hopes there are good vaccination rates amongst the Pacific community to strengthen their resistance of Covid-19. Dr Bloomfield and a panel of Pacific health clinicians who are also members of the Pasifika… Read more »

Message from the family of Dr Joe Williams MBChB, MPH, QSM, QSO

Kia orana tatou katoatoa The family of Dr Joe Williams wishes to thank the whole community for the outpouring of love and support after his death on 4 September 2020. The messages from New Zealand, throughout the Pacific and around the world have been heart-warming and of great comfort to the family. A public memorial… Read more »

PMA Scholar: Pacific support network inspires success in health sector

After graduating from a Bachelor of Medicine and a Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) at the University of Otago School of Medicine in December 2019, twenty-six-year-old David Nair has been working as a first-year health surgeon at Christchurch Hospital. He’s also the recipient of the Pasifika Medical Association’s Papali’i Dr Semisi Ma’ia’i University of Otago Scholarship… Read more »

Managing Prescriptions During Covid-19

Before the country was forced into self-isolation due to Covid-19 , type 2 diabetic Jason Manumu’a of Otahuhu, made sure he renewed his prescriptions and stocked up on his much-needed medication. Although he had taken care of his own prescriptions, just days into the lockdown period, his parents, who Jason lives with and who are… Read more »

What To Do if You or a Loved One Contracts COVID-19?

As the country goes into Alert level 4 self-isolation to prevent the spread of Covid-19, you might be wondering what to do if you or a family member develop any symptoms, like a fever or a cough, during this period. Dr Siniva Sinclair, a public health physician at Counties Manukau and a board member of… Read more »

Pacific faith-based initiative tackles domestic violence issues within Tongan families

An innovative Pacific faith-based initiative is addressing family violence prevention and intervention within Tongan families living in Aotearoa. Made possible through Pasifika Futures sponsorship funding, 22 Tongan families attended the Kainga Tu’umalie programme retreat in February, which requires families to spend the weekend away relationship building, identifying problem areas and designing a family plan to… Read more »

Minister Henare engages with Pacific Whānau Ora community

  On Monday 16th April 2018, the honourable Peeni Henare, Minister for Whānau Ora was invited to spend the day with Pasifika Futures understanding and witnessing directly some the work carried out by the Pacific Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency. During his visit, Minister Henare met with Pasifika Futures Board members and senior staff, while also… Read more »

SunPix Pacific Peoples Awards 2017

The SunPix Pacific Peoples Awards celebrates outstanding individuals and their achievements that contribute towards Pasifika success in five of the following award categories: Pacific Community Leadership, Pacific Enterprise, Pacific Health and Wellbeing, Pacific Education and Pacific Emerging Leadership. This year, Pasifika Futures was proud to sponsor the Pacific Community Leadership Award at the SunPix Pacific… Read more »